Member of the Syrian Coalition’s political committee Okab Yahya said that the Assad regime violated the cessation of hostilities agreement just hours after it took effect late on Monday. The lack of deterrent actions or punitive measures by the UN Security Council and by the United States, a co-sponsor of the CoH agreement, encourages the Assad regime to carry on with violating the agreement, he stressed.
Yahya underscored the need to establish clear monitoring mechanisms to record violations of the CoH, adding that Russia cannot be a neutral or credible monitor as it is violates the agreement and provides a cover for regime’s violations.
The Syrian Committee for Human Rights (SCHR) said that at least 129 civilians were killed across Syria between 12-15 September.
According to the rights group, 78 civilians were killed as a result of bombardment by the Russian and regime forces, while 24 people were killed in clashes between rebel groups and regime forces. 23 people were killed by ISIS. Monday saw the highest number of civilian casualties.
The victims were distributed in Syrian provinces as follows: 52 in Deir Ezzor, 26 in Idlib, 17 in Rural Damascus, 16 in Dar’a, 12 in Aleppo, 4 in Homs and 1 in Hama.
The United States and Russia on Thursday agreed to extend the truce for 48 hours. Activists across Syria said they have recorded at least 130 breaches of the CoH by Assad regime and its allies over the past four days. (Source: Syrian Coalition)